Vintage Style at Royal Ascot

Another year, another Royal Ascot. This time complete with a style guide and video illustrating the dress code. Some of the outfits we spotted on Ladies Day were much more curious than those suggested. There was definitely a vintage feel, with a lot of reference to the Edwardian era (see Visuology Magazine 3 – The Belle Epoque Issue for more inspiration on this period of history).

Edwardian costumes Royal Ascot

We bumped into quite a few visitors from San Francisco, including the debonair couple above, inspired by the Suffragette look. Coincidentally, Cicely, owner of Decades of Fashion was also in town for Royal Ascot – shown here wearing original Edwardian clothing.

Cicely Hansen at Royal Ascot

Other curiosity costumes looked like they had come straight from a B movie props department. One imposing lady in a Boudicca style headdress presided over her entourage from a chariot-like wheelchair.

Vintage costumes Royal Ascot

African fabrics and colourful designs were the order of the day for a lively group from South London. Longer length skirts seemed popular throughout.

African oufits at Ascot

And this Brummie pair combined African style with curiously camouflaged textiles and more Edwardian-style designs.

Camouflage at Royal Ascot

Milliner Ana Pribylova of AnaBella Millinery oozed old fashioned elegance. She has recently moved to the UK, where she is looking to grow her business in what is already a highly competitive marketplace.

Ana Pribylova

If you happen to be looking for a bespoke hat for Royal Ascot, one of our favourite British milliners, Piers Atkinson, offers everything from quirky cool to dramatic vintage style – see below.

Piers Atkinson feather hat

Finally, here’s yours truly wearing a handmade Mad Hatter number teamed up with a dress by Vivienne Westwood (don’t you just love her designs, even if she occasionally uses rayon…)

Mad Hatter look at Royal Ascot

Plus thrift store Missoni bag, Terry de Havilland wedges, Prada sunglasses (from the 2012 classic American car collection) and a dusky rose pink marabou bolero.

Susan Muncey Royal Ascot dress

Here’s to another vintage year!

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